Mozambique, Brazil officials meet on 1,300-MW Mphanda Nkuwa

A delegation of state-owned utility Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM) traveled to Brazil in July to meet with Brazilian companies participating in development of Mozambique’s 1,300-MW Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project on the Zambezi River.

EDM reported the delegation, led by EDM Chairman Manuel Cuambe, evaluated with its partners the conclusions of technical studies with a goal of completing their project proposal for presentation to the Mozambique government. They discussed technical aspects of the project as well as financial structuring.

In November 2006, the government of Mozambique signed a memorandum of agreement for development of Mphanda Nkuwa with a consortium of EDM, Brazilian company Camargo Correa, and Energia Capital. The project is expected to go on line in 2010 or 2011, 70 kilometers south of the 2,040-MW Cahora Bassa hydro project. (HNN 3/20/07)

EDM said it told its partners that work presented by Camargo Correa would require another 60 days’ work to put it into a form acceptable to the government. However, the utility said portions of Camargo’s work, including a project implementation video, hydrologic studies, and environmental studies, were acceptable and represented a good base for subsequent phases of the project.

EDM said it would contact a regional specialist to review aspects of a center-south transmission line proposal and that Camargo Correa would redefine two sections of the proposed line to allow possible interconnection with a proposed thermal power plant. EDM said it also would provide Camargo Correa data on the grid of the Southern African Power Pool for revision of the study.

In 2006, officials said China’s Export-Import Bank agreed to invest US$2.3 billion in the construction of Mphanda Nkuwa.

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